By Sam Johnson
The Irish are known for many things.
They are the music makers, creators of songs that can pluck the heartstrings and stir the blood.
They are the dreamers of dreams, always optimistic, hopeful, looking for that pot of gold under the rainbow.
They have known loneliness over centuries of oppression in their own country and abroad, and have suffered great losses in bloody battles, rebellions, and conflicts, many of which go on even today.
Yet through it all, that indomitable Irish Spirit has prevailed.
As we look back through the books of history, we find the pages filled with the names of Irish movers and shakers -- war heroes, politicians, religious leaders, artists, philanthropists, humanitarians, (even a U.S. president), and of course -- saints.
CHECK BELOW FOR MORE INFO ON THE IRISH AND ST. PATRICK:
"St. Patrick's Day: Facts, Myths, and Traditions" (from National Geographic)
"St. Patrick's Day Symbols and Traditions" (from the History Channel)
"Traditions and Customs in Ireland"
"Ireland Fun Facts"
Office Web Page of the Irish Government and State